Live 5 Scambusters: Water slides ordered but something else is delivered

Updated: Sep. 10, 2020 at 6:45 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Parents looking for ways to keep kids entertained at home are buying water slides and swing sets at bargain prices but something much different is being delivered.

A woman reported the scam with a one-line email.

She said she ordered a water slide from a company and received a pair of footie socks instead. She paid $99 for the water slide in June and got a tracking number for the order. In late August, the package finally arrived but instead of an inflatable water slide, she received socks in the mail.

Other victims in the Lowcountry have reported similar scams in recent months. The scam involves a fake website designed to look legitimate and payments made through PayPal.

The Better Business Bureau just put out a warning about the scam. The BBB explains that scammers get you to pay with PayPal and send a tracking number for the order. You can dispute the order through PayPal if an order never arrives but this is where the socks come into play.

The tracking number is marked delivered even though it’s not what you ordered.

Victims also report being unable to track down the original company, Children’s Park. The website often changes and may not even have contact information.

The BBB says you shouldn’t assume you’re protected just because you’re using a trusted site like PayPal. You should always make sure the seller has a working phone number and address in case you have a problem. The BBB also says this is a good reminder that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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